SALMON, Idaho (KIFI) – The man-made Moose Fire burning near the North Fork has burned 72,710 acres and is 21% contained.
You can join a virtual community meeting live on the Salmon‐Challis Facebook page on Tuesday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. MST.
The Salmon River Corridor is once again in public use as firefighters complete their work on the northern edge of the Moose Fire. As of 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, vehicles may travel unescorted on Salmon River Road (Forest Road 030). The main Salmon River is open to rafters and the Spring Creek boat launch is now open to the public. Please continue to drive with caution and do not enter burned areas. Loose rocks, dangerous trees, and persistent hot spots can all be dangerous. Please note that Morgan Bar Campground is temporarily closed to public use to provide a flight path for firefighters to operate a mobile retarder base located in the area.
Fire activity is expected to increase today due to hot, dry weather. Firefighters continue to focus on areas east of the Diamond Line including Jackass Ridge, Moose Creek, Haystack Mountain, Wagon Gulch, German Gulch and Beaver Creek. Work also continues in the Highway 93 corridor to secure the containment line and clean up hot spots. Structural protection work is underway in the Pine Creek Ranch, Panther Creek, Spring Creek, Beaver Creek, Wallace Lake and Highway 93 Corridor areas. Heavy equipment has completed work in the Leesburg area yesterday; today they are moving to Moose Creek. Masticators work on Logging Road 300. Recent air operations efforts have focused on the Moose Creek and Jackass Ridge areas.
Estimates of fire area and containment have increased as many small fingers and islands within the fire perimeter have been incorporated into the area calculation, reducing the perimeter length of the fire. 54 mile fire. So while the length of the containment line did not increase yesterday, the containment percentage did increase due to the reduction in the overall perimeter length.
Tonight southwesterly winds will bring increased humidity and cloud cover. The chance of light precipitation will increase on Wednesday, but the chance of lightning and thunderstorms will also increase.
There has been no change in the evacuation status around the fire. Residents of Tower Creek in North Fork remain in a “SET” status. Residents of Squaw Creek to Pine Creek on Salmon Road are also in “SET” status. All other zones are in the “Ready” state. The latest updates are available at https://www.lemhicountyidaho.org/site-home/urgent-alerts/latest-updates-moose-creek-fire.
CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS
The Salmon-Challis National Forest has issued a closure order for the Moose Fire Emergency Area, road and trail closures, Order No. 04-13-22-506. Land north of Salmon River Road is open and Salmon River Road is open to traffic in both directions from North Fork to Spring Creek. Details and a closure map are available at https://bit.ly/3BotHEf. Morgan Bar Campground is temporarily closed for public use; see at.doi.gov/3bCSeLx. PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE FIRE ZONE NORTH OF THE SALMON RIVER FOR YOUR SAFETY.
Phase 1 fire restrictions are in effect on Salmon-Challis National Forest, BLM and Idaho State lands in Custer and Lemhi counties, excluding wilderness areas. There is a temporary flight restriction above the fire zone; see https://tfr.faa.gov.